According to the latest report on household consumption from the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, in week 14 of 2020 (from March 30 to April 5), food purchases grew by 22.2% in terms of volume compared to the same week of the previous year and by 7.1% compared to the previous week.
During those days, the increase in consumption has applied to most products, compared to the same week in 2019; however, purchases have not grown in all categories
The increase in fruit consumption is noteworthy, with a 23.1% growth compared to the same week in 2019; a trend that was already reported in the previous week. There has also been an increase in the volume of vegetables and potatoes purchased, both fresh (31.2%) and processed (31.6%).
According to the Ministry, after some hoarding behaviour in the first few weeks, the purchase of first necessity goods has slowed down; meanwhile, the acquisition of products that are usually consumed in bars and restaurants, including snacks and nuts, has increased by over 50%. And although Spaniards are cooking more, the purchase of ready-made dishes has also increased, with a 23% growth in terms of volume this week.
More online purchases
The stores closest to homes, such as supermarkets and traditional stores, recorded above average increases in food sales (30.3% and 26%, respectively). They were followed by hypermarkets (9.2 %) and discounters (6%).
Online shopping is becoming more common in households, with about 84% growth in the last two weeks. This week, they increased by 25% compared to the previous one.
By geographical areas, Extremadura is the autonomous region with the highest growth in consumption this week (50.6%), followed by the Canary Islands (48%), Aragon (42.2%) and Murcia (40.4%). Castile-Leon is the region with the most moderate increases.